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Because the contract concerns the mineral rights of your son who is a minor the law on capacity to contract comes into question. A child under 18 is deemed incapable of entering into contractual relations or can void contracts entered into for lack of capacity.
If you haven't been appointed guardian you cannot sign on behalf of your son and your son's capacity to contract is lacking.
There are certain exemptions to a minor's lack of capacity such as beneficial and necessary contracts for goods and services; but because the law would allow your son to seek to void a sale of an unprofitable mineral licenses in the future many buyers won't contract with a minor.
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